New Requirements for Governmental Entities re: Sexual Harassment Policies and Training Pursuant to PA 100-0554
On November 16, 2017, Governor Rauner signed Public Act 100-0554 into law, which amended several sections within the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
Pursuant to 5 ILCS 430/70-5, each governmental entity must update their employment policies and adopt an ordinance or resolution by January 15, 2018 to include the following:
i. a prohibition on sexual harassment;
ii. details on how an individual can report an allegation of sexual harassment, including options for making a confidential report to a supervisor, ethics officer, Inspector General, or the Department of Human Rights;
iii. a prohibition on retaliation for reporting sexual harassment allegations, including availability of whistleblower protections under this Act, the Whistleblower Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act; and
iv. the consequences of a violation of the prohibition on sexual harassment and the consequences for knowingly making a false report.